Chelsea 'open talks' over sensational return for legendary striker

Chelsea have reportedly opened talks with former Blues hero Didier Drogba over a potential return to Stamford Bridge.

Jose Mourinho's first season back in West London ended without a trophy, and in order to earn some silverware in the coming season, they had to add more firepower. The likes of Samuel Eto'o, Demba Ba and Fernando Torres all struggled to score consistently, leading to a huge £32m deal for Atletico Madrid striker Diego Costa.

Yet that simply isn't enough, with Eto'o already out of the club having seen his contract expire, and both Ba and Torres linked with summer moves away from the club. Depth is needed behind Costa, and Mourinho has already been linked with a swoop for Fenerbahce's Nigerian international Emmanuel Emenike - but it could be a different African striker arriving this summer.

Former Blues hero Drogba recently saw his Galatasaray contract expire, meaning the Ivorian is now a free agent. He reportedly has offers from clubs in Qatar as well as from Serie A champions Juventus, but speculation now suggests that talks have begun between Chelsea and Drogba over a sensational return for the 36-year-old.

The plan is for Drogba to play as a second choice striker behind Costa next season, whilst also taking a coaching role with the club as Mourinho looks for a stunning reunion that could last some time if he flourishes in a coaching role.

It's a fairly no-lose situation for Chelsea. Drogba showed that he still has the ability to pose a threat to defences at this summer's World Cup, and it's often his pure physical presence which unnerves defences, and he would almost certainly continue to chip in with goals if he does return having hit 20 goals in 53 games in Turkey.

Additionally, giving Drogba his first coaching role is a great touch for a player who enjoyed eight incredible seasons at Stamford Bridge - many of which were under Mourinho. His return would hopefully ensure a long-running association with the club that still remains dear to his heart, and it makes sense from a football sense, as well as a sentimental one.

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